Single Idea 15700

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 1. Essences of Objects]

Full Idea

The notion of caste in India is more essentialized among upper-caste than lower-caste individuals.

Gist of Idea

In India, upper-castes essentialize caste more than lower-castes do


Susan A. Gelman (The Essential Child [2003], 08 'Intro')

Book Reference

Gelman,Susan A.: 'The Essential Child' [OUP 2005], p.179

A Reaction

In a book defending fairly innate essentialism in the human race, Gelman offers this point as a warning that large cultural ingredients can be involved. Racism is the classic difficulty with essentialism.